First off. It’s a very busy birthday week. Today is my Mom’s birthday and my nephew Mason’s 7th birthday. Yesterday was Lisa’s birthday. And the day before was our nation’s birthday. I am sure there are others out there who have a birthday this week, but those are the one’s closest to us. So to all of you birthday babies out there, we hope you have/had an amazing one.

Other than birthdays, it has been an incredibly busy week for both us, which means that this upcoming week could not have come at a better time. Jes’ major project that she has been working on for months finally went live on July 1st, and other than a few minor hiccups it went off without a hitch. My new project had to get moving in the perfect direction before I felt comfortable taking a week off, so I was busy all week working on that. But the most exciting news of the week is that we got our final construction drawings back from the draftsman! It’s been right at 4 months since we started this process and having those drawings is the first real deliverable in the process. For those of you that are wondering, we went with the “window” option.  Now that we have the final drawings, we will go over them with a fine tooth comb to make sure nothing is amiss, and then the builder will start the process of pricing everything out. With work and the house stuff brought to a great stopping point, Thursday evening we hopped on a plane, flew directly over Hurricane Arthur, and landed safely in Virginia about 4 hours before the worst of the storm passed through.

Friday was obviously Independence Day, but most of the festivities that we had planned were canceled by the city early in the morning due to the storm. That decision proved to be a silly one since after about noon you could not have asked for a more perfect day. But since we no longer had plans, we just spent a relaxing evening with Kelly and her family before heading down to the beach yesterday. Luckily Sandbridge had some 5th of July fireworks planned that were sent off right off our front deck.


I’ve never been able to see a fireworks show from the place I was sleeping, but this is definitely the way to go. After the show we were able to just relax for a few minutes and then head on to bed, with big (read: none) plans for the rest of the week.

Which brings me to today. I do not believe there could ever be better conditions to write a weekly post from, as we sit in our screened in porch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the beach that I spent most of my childhood. Sandbridge beach is certainly not as pristine as the last couple of beaches we have been to (Saint Lucia and Cancun), but there is definitely something calming about being in such a familiar place. I am looking forward to waking up like this every morning this week and just letting the world pass us by.




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